Remember the Dark Ages? (No, not the ones from the days of yore.) I mean the ones you probably grew up in…the Low Fat everything craziness. Go ahead, make a face…I totally just did. But good news: They’re over! As it turns out, fat is good for you; necessary even. I’m not just talking about “healthy fats” like olive oil and avocados either. We’re talking butter, full fat dairy, coconut oil, animal fats…the good ol’ fashioned saturated ones we were told to avoid at all costs; the “artery cloggers.” Fat that your grandparents and great grandparents ate on a regular basis. Say what? Yep, they’re good for you. So, a little history on this for you nay sayers:
“The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.” 2 Timothy 2:6
That oddly misshapen dome-like thing near my driveway is a chicken tractor. You can’t really tell under all those zip ties and bulging chickenwire, but soon our flock will settle in there. Soon, they’ll be digging up worms, snapping at grass, and cackling with glee (at least, that’s how I see it after the cramped box they’ve been in).
But the whole thing is—to be honest—painfully bad.
My hands have grown accustomed to wireless keyboards, not wire cutters. I’m used to tapping out missives on smartphones, not mashing down seeds under anemic soil. My arms and neck still burn a bright red if I even miss one application of sunscreen.
It’s a new year – and yes, I’m late on that news, BUT, I thought I would go ahead and jump up on my soapbox to kick it off properly. I know, you’ve been waiting with bated breath.
For some of you real food nerds, this post will regurgitate all of the info you already know, but you should still scroll through and look at the pictures (and maybe even poke a little fun at the companies)!
For others of you, it will shed a little light on some things you’ve already suspected (you can probably stick to bold, highlighted, numbered points and look at the pictures).
I know, I have some nerve posting a follow up to a sensitive topic the week of Thanksgiving – Call me gutsy…or stupid…I’ve done a fairly good job at both. But enough about me! Let’s get back to talking about evils of sugar the week of Thanksgiving (mind still reeling? Yeah, me too!)! Anywho, I was asked, by a reader to talk about how we make this low sugar thing work with our kids. My quick answer: they don’t have another option. Ok, that’s trite and I won’t pretend like it doesn’t take work. Let’s face it, it is shoved, yes, shoved in their faces EVERYWHERE: Schools, church, Grandma’s house, their best friend’s house, every event you will ever go to, grocery stores, TV, and don’t even get me started on checkout lines!!! Even my beloved Whole Foods has some sort of chocolate treat at the checkout counter, although it is usually one kind and out of reach of the kids…which I appreciate. So how do kids survive on a low sugar diet?
C’mon, we both knew this day would come. You’ve been dreading it and I’ve been, well, not dreading it, but we knew it would come. Why you ask? Because it must be said…I cannot let you live your life and not know the real truth. But I will warn you, it’s ugly. So here it goes…Sugar is bad for you. Um, Amy, we know that. No, I mean like really, really, horrifically bad! Deep breaths, you’re going to make it through this…I’ve been there, trust me!
See here’s the thing: we say sugar is bad for you and then we go on eating it in blissful ignorance, never really defining bad. And because we don’t define HOW bad it is, we keep eating it…like a lot of it. But Amy, I eat sugar “in moderation!” Yes, I’m sure you do, but here’s the thing: The average American eats around 150 pounds of sugar a year…A YEAR!!! That’s somewhere in the vicinity of 3/4 of a cup a day. Um, Houston we have a problem! So maybe you’re not the average American, but I’m kind-of convinced at this point that none of us know what moderation actually means. (Hint: it isn’t everyday…I’ll give you a moment to recover.)
Ok, truth be told, there’s more than 4, but I promised my husband I would write a shorter post this time, so I’m cutting it back! :) I did try to narrow it down to a few simple things that absolutely anyone can do. These have made such a BIG difference in our family and how often we get sick and I hope they do for you as well!
1. Diet – Come on, what did you expect me to say first?!? :) It’s so crazy important and an absolute first line of defense. Up your veggie intake (Bonus: buy local veggies from a farmer’s market for a nutrient boost), make your own Bone Broth, and seriously reduce or eliminate refined sugar (no, seriously…this one’s a big deal.)
2. Add a Vitamin D supplement to your world, especially during those winter months when you aren’t spending as much time outside in the sun. Even better, a Fermented Cod Liver and Butter Oil blend (best one ever), which is naturally high in vitamins A, D and K. Guess what those do? A whole lot, but enhancing the immune system is one of them. Side note: I would personally go with the pill form. It’s not as economical, but unless you truly enjoy the flavor of fermented fish, trust me on this! My kids take the pills, so I know you can! Continue reading